Lakers rule LeBron James out vs. Bucks with ankle soreness

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LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James missed the Lakers' game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night because of left ankle soreness.

James, who passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, still participated in a pregame on-court ceremony to commemorate the record.

It was the 12th missed game this season for the 20-year veteran.

While L.A. held James out for rest, he remained on the active roster for the night. With a flurry of moves leading up to Thursday's trade deadline, the Lakers will have only nine available players outside of James.

They are awaiting five new players -- D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Mo Bamba and Davon Reed -- to report to the team.

L.A. enters the game 25-30, three losses back from the LA Clippers for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.